European Dental Students’ Association

Press Release: EDSA Statement on Clinical Practice in EU Dental Schools

In spring 2016, the EDSA (European Dental Students' Association) has lead an international survey on clinical practice within the EU dental schools. The survey showed that the overall training was very heterogenous between dental schools, and that further harmonisation needed to be enforced in European dental schools, both in terms of curricula and clinical practice, in order to meet the requirements of the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC as amended by 2013/55/EU).

We urge each and all National Higher Education Regulatory bodies to take proper actions in collaboration with ADEE and CED, to make sure that all dental schools comply with the current 2005/36/EC directive under appropriate supervision (Article 34 of Directive 2005/36/EC).

As representatives of the European Dental Students' Association, we will maintain a close surveillance of any situation that may potentially reflect lack of compliance with Directive 2005/36/EC and will address any involved schools either directly, or indirectly through their institutional representative, the ADEE.

The EDSA stands by the need of a revised Annex for Directive 2005/36/EC.

The EDSA calls on the European Commission to immediately start consultations with two representative stakeholders, the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), and the Council of European Dentists (CED), for the necessary adaptations.

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